Wenham Barber

Wenham Barber was the third of the eleven children of Wenham Barber and his wife Elizabeth Walker of Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England.

Wenham was baptised twice - once at the Wesleyan Church in Ely, and then again at the parish church in Littleport.

Like his father, he worked as an agricultural labourer in the fenland surrounding the Littleport.

He married Mary Padget in 1831, and together they settled down in the Sandhill part of Littleport, to have at least ten children - all sons- and ending with a set of twins - Jonathan and David.

By 1871, Wenham, now a widower, is noted as a pauper. He dies in 1878 and his estate was left to a 'William Ellingham of the Moors near Victoria Bridge, Littleport, Farmer, the sole Executor'. It is unclear as to whether this person is related, but it is also possible that he may have been a debtor. The estate was valued at 'under £20'.

Life Events


  • 15th April 1810 at Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • 13th May 1810 at St. Mary's Wesleyan Chapel, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 22nd July 1810 at St. George's Church, Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • Mary Padget (1809-18??) on 10th April 1831 at St. George's Church, Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • Robert Barber (1834-?)
  • Matthew Padget Barber (1836-?) married Eliza Bell (18??-?)
  • Wenham Barber (1837-?) married Rebecca Ann Flack (1837-?)
  • Walker Barber (1839-?)
  • Thomas Barber (1840-?)
  • Charles Barber (1843-19??) married Mary Gill (1846-19??)
  • Hezekiah Barber (1846-?) married Alice Butcher (1845-?)
  • Thomas Pagett Barber (1848-?)
  • Jonathan Barber (1850-?)
  • David Barber (1850-?)

Census and Residence

  • 1841: 30yrs, Sandhill, Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1851: 40yrs, Sandhill, Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1861: 50yrs, Sandhill, Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • 1871: 61yrs, Sandhill, Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England.


  • 1861-1871: Agricultural Labourer


  • 26th November 1878 at Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England, aged 48 years.


  • 29th November 1878 at St. George's Church, Littleport, Cambridgeshire, England.

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